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Iowa West Foundation


Last profile update: 02/16/2017
Last grant data update: 03/27/2018

At A Glance

Iowa West Foundation

25 Main Pl., Ste. 550

Council Bluffs, IA United States 51503-0700

Telephone: (712) 309-3000


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Established in 1992 in IA, began grant operations in 1994 - The Iowa West Foundation is funded by the nonprofit Iowa West Racing Association. The Iowa West Racing Association was officially formed in 1984, and the Iowa West Foundation was established in 1994 as a private foundation. The organizations came about because Iowa passed laws requiring gaming licenses to be either held or sponsored by nonprofit organizations. The association is a licensed sponsor for two casino operators. It receives licensing fees and distributes those funds to the foundation for grants

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to improve lives and strengthen communities for present and future generations. The foundation strives to provide leadership, create partnerships, leverage resources and serve as a catalyst in identifying and supporting community needs. The foundation has a special interest in the areas of community development and beautification, economic development, education, and human and social needs. Current focus includes assisting local schools to reduce the dropout rate, and to improve neighborhoods in Pottawattamie County, IA.